SAN ANTONIO – A new Texas charter school aimed at making a huge impact in the quality of education for minority youth is eagerly preparing to open its doors in San Antonio.
San Antonio Preparatory Charter School believes that all students should be immersed in their culture, learn about their identity, engage in the community, and build strong relationships with others.
The tuition-free public charter school is currently enrolling students in fifth, sixth and seventh grades residing in Judson, Converse, Kirby, Texas and surrounding areas for classes starting August 2020.
In its first year, the college prep charter school will enroll approximately 360 students. Each year, SA Prep will expand a grade level until it becomes a fully-enrolled middle and high school, serving grades 5 through 12. At full capacity, the school will accommodate 1,000 middle and high school scholars on a 10-acre open campus.
“Our vision is to place all students on a path to college and we take that responsibility very seriously,” said Dejah Behnke, a long-time child advocate and chairwoman of the board for SA Prep. “The pathway to success begins at an early age and it’s absolutely imperative that our future parents know that we’re in this together, and that SA Prep is committed to partnering with them to prepare their children for life after graduation.”
SA Prep’s mission is to provide students with a safe, challenging and supportive learning environment, high-quality instruction and rigorous college prep curriculum that places students on the path to college.
“The core purpose for bringing SA Prep to the area is because we felt this community needed us the most.” says Stephanie Hall Powell, Executive Director and Superintendent for SA Prep. “While we would never attempt to take the place of mom or dad, during the school day, SA Prep teachers and staff will address students as though they are their own. It’s only when you put yourself in a parent’s shoes that you can relate to and truly understand how to meet the needs of their child.”
SA Prep has identified that only 37% of students in the service area are meeting grade level standards in math, and only 35% are meeting grade level standards in reading. To combat this issue SA Prep anticipates that it will better provide for middle and high school students in the Judson, Converse, and Kirby regions by implementing groundbreaking principles – including a two-teacher model.
Applications went live on November 1, families with incoming 5th, 6th and 7th graders are encouraged to apply by visiting www.saprep.org For general inquiries, parents and guardians may also contact the SA Prep Enrollment Team by emailing email@example.com or calling the information line at (210) 874-2182.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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